XanMan

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Birth nameHaile Salaam
Born (2000-08-16) August 16, 2000 (age 21)
Silver Spring, Maryland
OriginLandover, Maryland, U.S.
Genres
  • Trap
  • Rap
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2013–present
LabelsCinematic Music Group
Associated actsYungManny Goonew

Haile Salaam (born August 16th, 2000),[1] known professionally as XanMan, is an American rapper from Landover, Maryland. He gained significant attention in 2019 with his single "Gucci Down".[2] XanMan has worked with a number of other Maryland rappers including his cousin YungManny and frequent collaborator Goonew. [3] Describing Xanman's energetic stage presence, Washington Post music critic Chris Richards wrote, "it signals a lust for life, a yearning, an exaggerated stride into the future."[4]

Early life

XanMan was born Haile Salaam on August 16th, 2000 in Silver Spring, Maryland.[5] Raised in Landover, a suburb of Washington D.C., he was exposed to music at an early age. Salaam began to take an interest in the drums at age 5, and was influenced by his uncle, who was a drummer for Go-Go Music legend Chuck Brown.[3] He began recording music while in elementary school, and became proficient with the music software program Pro Tools when he was 11 years old.[3]

Music career

XanMan released his first mixtape "Finesse Lord" in 2013.[2] He went on to release a number of mixtapes in the following years, including No Plug and Broken.[6] As of 2020, XanMan has released 34 mixtapes and a long list of singles. Xanman has collaborated with a number of different artists including Lil Yachty and fellow DC-Area rapper Lil Dude.[3] Their single Many Men was ranked 7th on the Washington Post's list of the best DMV rap songs and albums of 2018.[7] Citing his influences, Salaam named Lil Wayne as one of the most important people in sparking his interest in making rap music.[1]

Legal issues

Salaam was arrested on November 8th, 2018 and charged with assault. He was sentenced to six months in jail. While incarcerated, a #FreeXan movement gained momentum on Twitter. [1] Upon his release, XanMan dropped a song entitled First Day Out featuring his cousin and collaborator YungManny.[8]

In the media

        

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Xanman is the DMV's most prolific teen rapper". The FADER.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "DMV Rapper XanMan Might Be Funny — But He's No Joke". Okayplayer. March 20, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Meet Xanman, the Most Quotable New Rapper From the DMV". Complex.
  4. critic, Chris Richards closeChris RichardsPop music criticEmailEmailBioBioFollowFollowPop music. "Perspective | Teen rappers Xanman and YungManny master the art of getting ahead of yourself". Washington Post.
  5. Blassou, Monica. "DMV Rappers On the Rise: YungManny, XanMan".
  6. "Xanman". Genius.
  7. Richards, Chris (December 14, 2018). "The best DMV rap songs and albums of 2018". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-01-31.
  8. "Xanman & YungManny – First Day Out" – via genius.com.

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